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Troy Cline

NASAGoddard Space Flight Center

United States of America - Washington DC

Biography

Troy Cline is the Director of NASA’s STEM Innovation Lab. This lab provides a collaborative (physical and virtual) space for the exploration and development of new ideas related to infusion of media and educational technology into STEM activities, programs, and approaches. Prior to this role, he was the Education and Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. He has extensive experience in educational technology, social media, cross-cultural classroom instruction, project management and public speaking. His research-based approach has contributed to the development of new education products designed to teach the public about NASA’s 'Earth and Space Science' programs while providing a solid foundation in science and engineering design methods. Many of these projects are enhanced through digital fabrication and virtual reality.

Before coming to NASA, Troy was a high school mathematics teacher and Educational Technology Coordinator at an alternative high school in Virginia, working with ‘at-risk’ students. While there he led the creation and maintenance of an Instructional Technology Plan leading to the integration of current and accessible technologies into educational curriculum. Prior to working in Virginia, his teaching career took him to some exceptional places beginning with his first teaching experience on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Kinlichee, AZ. While there he taught in a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school for three years. He later joined the United States Peace Corps and served as an Algebra and Geometry teacher in Chad, Africa. While there he led the development of a French/English mathematics database consisting of proven lesson plans and educational methodologies.